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WR Jeremy Maclin - Kansas City Chiefs

6-0, 198Born: 5-11-1988College: MissouriDrafted: Round 1, pick 19

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17 at SD 49 0 0 0 5 4 53 0 0 5.3
19 vs PIT 0 0 0 0 4 2 28 0 0 2.8

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 19 vs PIT (4 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)

After a groin injury limited Maclin to only 12 starts in 2016, it appeared as though he was never the same after reentering the starting lineup. Pittsburgh was able to limit Maclin to only two catches for 28 yards on five targets, and it begs the question whether Kansas City would have better playing younger receivers like Chris Conley and Albert Wilson in extended duty against a tough Pittsburgh secondary.

2016 Week 17 vs SD (5 / 4 / 53 / 0 rec)

Maclin continues to work himself back from a hamstring injury that cost him the better part of four games. Maclin caught four passes for 53 yards on six targets against the Chargers. It looks as though he is finally healthy, as he is starting to see more targets down the field, as opposed to strictly being involved in the short and intermediate passing game. One of these plays came on third and six from the Chargers 33 yard line. Smith took the snap out of shotgun formation before taking a quick three step drop. Maclin ran a straight go-route where he ran diagonally from the left slot position to the left sideline. Smith threw the ball to Maclin's back-shoulder and he was able to secure the catch for a 23 yard gain that nearly went for a touchdown.

2016 Week 15 vs TEN (8 / 6 / 82 / 0 rec)

Jeremy Maclin finally looked healthy when he took the field this past Sunday against the Titans. He finished the game with six catches for 82 yards. Maclin managed to come down with a 44 yard catch where he did a great job of boxing out his defender and cutting off the ball to the inside and securing a 44 yard reception. Aside from that one play, Maclin did not make much of an impact, as he was targeted on slants and comeback routes where he was unable to generate any yards after the catch. This is consistent with the types of routes that Maclin was running during the first half of the season, and is a far cry from the ultra-productive receiver that Maclin has been in the past.

2016 Week 9 vs JAX (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Maclin came into the game nursing a hamstring injury, and it was not long before it proved to be too much for him to play. On Maclin's first target of the game in the first quarter, he went down low to catch the ball and although it did not look like he aggravated the injury, he left the game and would not return. He is listed as day to day and is questionable to play on Sunday.

2016 Week 8 vs IND (10 / 3 / 43 / 1 rec)

Maclin had a disappointing day, catching three of his 10 targets for 43 yards and a touchdown. It was the first touchdown for Maclin since week 1, but he was unable to turn his ten targets into meaningful fantasy production, further muddying the waters of his week to week value. Maclin converted his touchdown on a nice little pump fake route, where he took advantage of press coverage before catching a 13 yard pass from Alex Smith. Maclin continues to see a high volume of targets, but it is the quality of those targets that is hurting him. He is running more intermediate routes that are not taking advantage of his ability to generate yards after the catch. For the season, Maclin has only caught 30 of 55 targets, bringing his catch percentage down to a rather unpleasant 54%.

2016 Week 7 vs NO (5 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)

Jeremy Maclin provided a safety blanket for his quarterback in a controlled performance from the Chiefs offense. The former Eagles player was unfortunate not to be the recipient of a deep touchdown pass down the seam on an early play. Maclin split two defenders, but Alex Smith's pass was tossed too far ahead of him. Maclin thrived on timing routes, running crisp patterns and stopping on a dime to give his quarterback a clear picture. He made a very acrobatic sliding catch on an errant pass in the second half, and bailed out his quarterback later with a twirling adjustment to an off-target pass on a slant route. Maclin was the engine of the passing offense.

2016 Week 6 vs OAK (3 / 3 / 49 / 0 rec)

In many fantasy circles, Maclin was being highly touted as a receiver with the chance to exceed value due to an advantageous matchup in a game that should see its fair share of points. Maclin has been consistent this year, but he has yet to have a monster game that separates him from other #3 wide receivers. That game did not come on Sunday, despite Maclin having a great matchup against a beatable cornerback in DJ Hayden. Maclin caught three passes for 49 yards on four targets, which was below his season averages of five catches for 61 yards on nine targets. As mentioned above, he was able to abuse Hayden when he tried to play press coverage on Maclin. Maclin beat him quite easily off the line of scrimmage and had a step on him down the right sideline where Smith hit him in perfect stride for a 38 yard gain. Had Maclin seen 10 targets, he very likely would have turned in a seven catch, 100 yard game with the good possibility of a touchdown scored. Maclin though, is a victim of circumstance and he is hamstrung by the fact that his offense is a low-risk ball control offense that does not take shots down the field. Even more troubling is Maclin came into the game catching only 54% of his passes, and this is due in large part to the type of routes that Maclin is being asked to run. No longer is he seeing high percentage targets on screens and digs, where he can create yards after the catch. He is running more routes toward the middle of the field, with slants and in-routes in the intermediate passing game being a high percentage of his targets. This is why despite leading the team in targets (40), Maclin has caught two fewer passes than Travis Kelce, who has seen eight fewer targets than Maclin.

2016 Week 4 vs PIT (8 / 5 / 78 / 0 rec)

Maclin was expected to be very busy on Sunday night, playing against a Steelers secondary that has allowed opposing #1 receivers to score 3.7 points above their average over the last year. Maclin responded with a solid, if unspectacular game, which is sort of how his season has gone through week four weeks. Maclin started off the game with a fifteen yard catch which seemed to be a sign off good things to come. He settled into a spot in the middle of the Steelers zone coverage, before turning the ball up-field and adding another seven yards after the catch. Maclin was very productive when given the opportunity, as all of his catches when for double digit yardage, finishing with receptions of 15, 20, 16, 13 and 14 yards, respectively. Maclin continues to be the most heavily targeted receiver in the Chiefs offense, but his week to week value is still at the mercy of whether or not he scores touchdowns.

2016 Week 3 vs NYJ (7 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)

Maclin was used mostly on very short passes and couldn't convert his two deep targets into catches because he didn't create separation. With the nature of the Chiefs offense, he is only going to be a good play when they face an opponent who scores enough to force them to open up the passing game.

2016 Week 2 vs HOU (15 / 6 / 68 / 0 rec)

In what has become a nearly every week trend throughout Jeremy Maclin's tenure with the Chiefs, he led the team in catches, yards and targets. Maclin finished with six catches for 68 yards, but the bad news is that it took 16 targets for him to achieve those totals. Maclin was hamstrung by Smith's time to throw, as although he was targeted 16 times, roughly half of his incompletions (by my count) were off target and hardly catchable balls for Maclin. He continues to be a high volume target that should see his yardage and touchdown totals climb as the year goes on.

2016 Week 1 vs SD (7 / 5 / 63 / 1 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Maclin is the clear number one receiver for this team and showed it by reeling in 5 catches for 63 yards and a touchdown. Maclin is a quick hitting receiver that can take the top off a defense or run by you after catching that short screen. Maclin's 19-yard touchdown brought the Chiefs within 10 in the fourth quarter and was monumental in the comeback. There was one scary moment when Maclin left the game after taking a shot to the head, but he was able to return and did not show any concussion symptoms. With no clear number two receiver, Maclin figures to see the bulk of the targets going forward.


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